Sonyanga Ole Ngais
Sonyanga Ole Ngais is the Captain of Maasai Cricket Warriors, a community from Laikipia, Kenya who loves to Play Cricket and has achieved great recognition from all around the World. A few years ago Maasai Community didn't even knew about Cricket. Thanks to Alia Bauer, Coach for Maasai Cricket Warriors, who introduced Cricket to this community. Sonyanga is currently pursuing his Bachelors degree and is also a certified Level 2 Coach by CWB. In an Interview, Sonyanga told that for Maasai, Cricket is not just a game, albeit its a tool to spread the message that will educate society against retrogressive acts.
To Read the Full Interview Click here: Global Cricket Community
Founder Sonyanga also something to share with the beautiful Cricket Community out there:
How did the team and I do this year to bring our dream and message to life on women’s rights, female genital mutilation, leadership and conservation?
Those of you who follow me on Facebook will know I had to break my study sequence for one semester after successfully completing my first year – full results attached, last semester my GPA was 2.96 out of 4.0. The decision to take the break was not taken lightly, but was decided with the consultation from my study funding coordinator and supporter, Bernard Fourie, from AfricaBeyondAid.
The break was due to the work I was involved in of bringing the messages against FGM, Gender equality and Rhino conservation awareness to the world. This included several trips abroad – I travelled to the UK upon invitation of the producers for the Warriors film premiere in London, highlighting our work in the community. I did a number of media interviews for radio and TV, such as the BBC & Sky (some links below). As a communications student, this experience was invaluable! Our team is also featuring in a movie “The journey is the destination” in South Africa and we travelled there to play cricket and convey our important message. Last, but not least we opened a new structure at the Maasai Cricket Warriors field funded by Australian Aid: Maasai Cricket Warriors LADIES – yes!!
So I hope you will agree, it was a break in studies well spent. This whole experience was very valuable in the long term view of my life, leadership skills and community development. I really appreciate all your support, both financially or motivation and moral advice. There is too many to thank personally – but know that every bit of support is a win for me and my community. Were it not for you all I wouldn't have continued with my studies last semester.
I now need to face my second year at uni and I’m standing in front of you for support again. Bernard is helping me co-ordinate another crowdfunding round. You can rest in the fact that he makes sure the university fees are managed well and keep me on my toes with regards to the studies.
I know you have lots and lots of expenses at this time of the year, but believe me, any little contribution for my studies will put a smile on my face and more importantly you will have contributed to my society which we are all trying to shape.
We have put together some limited edition contributor gifts for all of you – check it out on the crowdfunding link:https://www.rockethub.com/projects/63840-a-journey-maasai-warrior-university-graduate-african-leader
All the best and season’s greetings to you all,
There is a lot of media coverage around our work, especially the “Warriors” film, which I really feel it will be great to share with you:
· Live at ARISE TV (includes Warriors film trailer) http://youtu.be/rAHF2jv-Y-k
· Live at BBC WORLD SERVICE http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-34802903
· BBC Women: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06pcz0b.
· "Maasai Cricket Warriors determined to hit female genital mutilation for six | Liz Ford" http://gu.com/p/4e48d/swa
Hope to hear from you, and you contribution will be highly appreciated.